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Poster: vince_nl Date: Aug 9, 2010 6:47am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Are ALL Alpha-titles PD??

Hi, I am new here, but I have this question:
I was wondering if really ALL titles from ALPHA are Public Domain?
For instance: the movie "Stark Fear". Is this PD?
They offer others like the British flick "The Hand" (1960) which has also been published by Something Weird Video...
(I guess all SWV titles are NOT PD)

I used, once, to buy many Alpha DVDs, but then I discovered this great site and why should I buy from them if I can download the films here for free??

But maybe Alpha does sell non-PD after all?


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Poster: bearcorg Date: Aug 9, 2010 11:37am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are ALL Alpha-titles PD??

Although the titles start out as PD Alpha ofter re-registers them as copyright the silents and even some of the sound films for instance the 1943 film WILDCAT was registered in 2007 by alpha claiming it added "ambient sound"

I guess the "sound" was the copyright attorney laughing

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 9, 2010 11:58am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are ALL Alpha-titles PD??

Both of the titles you mentioned seemed to be p.d., based on a search here:
http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&;PAGE=First

As for Alpha Video, the rule of thumb is that their old titles are p.d., but newer movies like "The Death of Poe" are not. According to Video-Cellar, they do license some films.

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Poster: vince_nl Date: Nov 29, 2010 12:04pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are ALL Alpha-titles PD??

Ok, thanks for the information!